Scotland weather forecast: Flood alerts issued after 80mph Storm Francis causes chaos

NEW flood warnings have been issued after Storm Francis lashed Scotland with 80mph winds overnight. Forecasters are warning of more disruption to transport and power cuts today.

 Members of the public shelter behind their umbrellas from in Glasgow

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Members of the public shelter behind their umbrellas from in GlasgowCredit: Getty Images – Getty Flood alerts have been issued across ScotlandFlood alerts have been issued across ScotlandCredit: SEPA

SEPA have issued flood alerts for Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City, Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Arran, Central, Dumfries and Galloway , Dundee and Angus, Edinburgh and Lothians, Fife, Scottish Borders, Tayside and West Central Scotland. Shocking pictures from around the country have shown fallen trees, flooded roads and railways and an Edinburgh Covid-19 test centre closed.

Ferry and rail services have also been disrupted amid the strong winds and lashing rain. A large tree crashed into a house on Balshagray Avenue leaving the roof damaged.


Tree smashes into house in Glasgow as Storm Francis sees train lines flooded and Edinburgh Covid test centre shut


Two people killed in a car crash on the A52 near Derby during heavy rain on Saturday have been named as mum-of-three Tanya Jackson, 29, and dad-of-two Brett Rogers, 37. Storm Francis is the result of a 700 mile-wide ‘Canadian low pressure vortex’ is bringing wild gusts, heavy downpours and some of the worst summer weather for 50 years.

 A search is underway for two people missing in the River Taff in Cardiff

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A search is underway for two people missing in the River Taff in CardiffCredit: Getty Images – Getty Both people went missing this morning

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Both people went missing this morningCredit: Getty Images – Getty Emergency crews are at the scene

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Emergency crews are at the sceneCredit: Wales News Service A helicopter is being used in the search

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A helicopter is being used in the searchCredit: Wales News Service The River Taff has become swollen due to Storm Francis

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The River Taff has become swollen due to Storm FrancisCredit: Getty Images – Getty Storm Francis makes an impact on the coastline at Porthcawl, Wales

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Storm Francis makes an impact on the coastline at Porthcawl, WalesCredit: London News Pictures Flooding at the Dipping Bridge in Merthyr Mawr in the Vale of Glamorgan

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Flooding at the Dipping Bridge in Merthyr Mawr in the Vale of GlamorganCredit: Huw Evans Picture Agency The weather conditions worsen on Seaburn beach front promenade in Sunderland

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The weather conditions worsen on Seaburn beach front promenade in SunderlandCredit: North News and Pictures Firefighters help rescue campers after campsite flooded near Wisemans Bridge, Wales

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Firefighters help rescue campers after campsite flooded near Wisemans Bridge, WalesCredit: Athena Picture Agency Commuters on their way in to work get caught in heavy rain in Fulham Broadway in South West London

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Commuters on their way in to work get caught in heavy rain in Fulham Broadway in South West LondonCredit: London News Pictures Flooding on train lines between Mountain Ash and Aberdare in South Wales

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Flooding on train lines between Mountain Ash and Aberdare in South WalesCredit: Twitter / Transport for Wales A view of the 18th green and the clubhouse as play is suspended due to flooding at The Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale in Southport

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A view of the 18th green and the clubhouse as play is suspended due to flooding at The Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale in SouthportCredit: Getty Images – Getty

A desperate search is underway for two people who have been missing for hours in the River Taff north of Cardiff, Wales.

Emergency services were searching the river after reports of a person entering the water near Principality Stadium at 8.40am, while a member of the public reported seeing a canoeist capsize around 9.50 this morning. Air ambulance and hazardous rescue teams are frantically searching for the pair as the public is warned to stay away from the area. Meanwhile in the River Ely nearby in Leckwith, Cardiff, a woman had to be rescued after she chased after her dog into the water.

Both her and her pet were rescued by a lifeboat, and although they were “obviously cold and wet both appeared in good spirits and were taken for medical checks”, the Penarth Lifeboat Station posted on Facebook.

 A huge wave crashes through Durdle Door in Dorset

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A huge wave crashes through Durdle Door in DorsetCredit: Bournemouth News People stand and watch as huge waves crash ashore at Chesil Cove on the Isle of Portland in Dorset

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People stand and watch as huge waves crash ashore at Chesil Cove on the Isle of Portland in DorsetCredit: (C)Graham Hunt A car stranded due to rainfall during Storm Francis in London

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A car stranded due to rainfall during Storm Francis in LondonCredit: Twitter Satellite images show the 700 mile-wide Storm Francis' 'Canadian low pressure vortex'

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Satellite images show the 700 mile-wide Storm Francis’ ‘Canadian low pressure vortex’ People endure heavy rain on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland

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People endure heavy rain on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, ScotlandCredit: Duncan McGlynn A woman tries to save her umbrella on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland

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A woman tries to save her umbrella on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, ScotlandCredit: Duncan McGlynn A truck drives through a flooded road near Tenby, in Pembrokeshire, Britain

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A truck drives through a flooded road near Tenby, in Pembrokeshire, BritainCredit: Reuters Britain is invisible as satellite images show 700 mile-wide Storm Francis' 'Canadian low pressure vortex

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Britain is invisible as satellite images show 700 mile-wide Storm Francis’ ‘Canadian low pressure vortexCredit: Alistair Grant Freelance / NASA

Homes have flooded and a group of campers have been stranded in Wales. Firefighters rescued the campers who are close to “fast-flowing water” in Carmarthenshire, the BBC reported. At Neath in South Wales, flooding caused lines to be closed for part of the morning, with knock-on delays of up to 60 minutes.

Flooding on the line between Fernhill and Aberdare, also in South Wales, triggered a suspension to services. In Northern Ireland, police reported an incident of a river bursting its banks near Newcastle, as well as roads blocked by flooding, a fallen tree and downed power line. As of 11pm Tuesday, the Environment Agency has issued five flood warnings – where they are expected and 22 alerts for England, largely in the South West and West Midlands.

In Burnham-on-Sea, an ice cream van got stuck on the beach yesterday afternoon. As a few hardy souls ventured out on to the beach in the break in the awful weather, the ice cream driver saw the chance for some Cornetto sales. Staycationer holidaymakers gratefully queued to buy – but in his eagerness he ventured too far on to the sands and began sinking.

A team from the local BARB Search and Rescue, who operate hovercrafts in the Bridgwater Bay area, were called out.

 The weather conditions worsen in Seaham, County Durham

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The weather conditions worsen in Seaham, County DurhamCredit: North News and Pictures Flooding on New Street, Bantry in West Cork on Monday night

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Flooding on New Street, Bantry in West Cork on Monday nightCredit: PA:Press Association A stranded caravan at Lakeside campsite near St Clears in west Wales

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A stranded caravan at Lakeside campsite near St Clears in west WalesCredit: Athena Picture Agency Tents and cars have been stranded at Lakeside campsite

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Tents and cars have been stranded at Lakeside campsiteCredit: Athena Picture Agency A woman with long hair struggles to walk along the seafront in the strong gusty winds from Storm Francis at the seaside resort of West Bay in Dorset

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A woman with long hair struggles to walk along the seafront in the strong gusty winds from Storm Francis at the seaside resort of West Bay in DorsetCredit: Alamy Live News Storm Francis batters the Cornish coast at Porthleven

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Storm Francis batters the Cornish coast at PorthlevenCredit: Apex News

The ice cream van’s wheels had sunk into the soft sand near the jetty following heavy rain. The coastguard alerted the rescue organisation who managed to pull the bright yellow vehicle free using a truck. Millionaire homeowners on Sandbanks have had their sea views blighted by a huge oil platform seeking shelter from Storm Francis.

The JB-115 self-elevating platform has stopped in Poole Harbour, Dorset, to take shelter from the elements and is currently sitting in the shadow of the exclusive peninsula. Once the storm has passed the platform, which is used for wind farm and oil rig maintenance, will continue on its journey to Morecambe Field in the Irish Sea. The status of the platform, which measures 182ft by 105ft with 262ft long legs, is currently listed as ‘restricted manoeuvrability’.

 Commuters on their way in to work get caught in the rain at Fulham Broadway

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Commuters on their way in to work get caught in the rain at Fulham BroadwayCredit: London News Pictures A woman fixes her umbrella during the heavy rain in Liverpool city centre this morning

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A woman fixes her umbrella during the heavy rain in Liverpool city centre this morningCredit: Mercury Press Commuters get caught in torrential rain in Putney in South West London

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Commuters get caught in torrential rain in Putney in South West LondonCredit: London News Pictures Driving conditions were treacherous on the A14 near Cambridge on Tuesday morning

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Driving conditions were treacherous on the A14 near Cambridge on Tuesday morningCredit: GEOFF ROBINSON.

The arrival of Storm Francis follows a similar period of unseasonable weather towards the end of last week, coinciding with the arrival of Storm Ellen.

Nicola Williams, 15, was swept to her death in the Rhymney River in Llanrumney, Cardiff, and a 50-year-old holidaymaker die in the sea near Helston, west Cornwall, after getting into difficulties. Nicola Maxey of the Met Office said: “Since 2015 when we started naming storms, we have never had to name a storm in August – and now we’ve had two in a few days. “There are a lot of people on holiday in the UK at the moment, going camping and on walking breaks, many in coastal locations where the winds are likely to be stronger, so it is worth checking on the Met Office website ahead of time.”



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Abbie Quinnen wows in lingerie as she and AJ Pritchard enjoy Turkish holiday Forecasters said the winds were “unusual” for August, but would have to go some way to beat the current record wind gust speed of 87mph recorded at The Needles on the Isle of Wight in August 1996.

Likewise, the wettest August on record in the UK was in 1912 when 167.3 mm was recorded across the country as a whole. Between August 1 and 22, the UK as a whole had seen some 72.7mm of rainfall – around four-fifths of the average rainfall for the month.

Storm Francis 70mph gales and torrential rain hits UK as roads flood


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